Private Screening Contract Awarded for Seven Airports in Montana

August 24, 2009

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the selection of Trinity Technology Group of Fairfax, Va., as the private screening contractor for seven airports in Montana under the Screening Partnership Program (SPP). The seven airports are Frank Wiley Field (MLS); Sidney Richland Regional (SDY); Dawson Community Airport (GDV); L.M. Clayton Airport (OLF); Wokal Field (GGW); Havre City County Airport (HVR); and Lewistown Municipal Airport (LWT).

"The SPP program enables TSA to partner with qualified private companies to provide screening services under federal oversight," said Dan Fevold, TSA Federal Security Director for the state of Montana. "TSA has contracted with Trinity Technology Group at other SPP airports, and we look forward to a strong partnership in Montana as well." This competitively awarded contract is for security screening services for both the passenger checkpoint and checked baggage operations. The total contract award value, including options, is $10,947,820. The period of performance is from Aug. 24, 2009 to Aug. 23, 2014. Under SPP, the federal security director for the state of Montana will remain responsible for overseeing TSA security standards and contractor performance at all airports, including the seven participating in SPP.

SPP is designed to meet the requirement for the "opt-out" program established in the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) of 2001. Beginning in 2002, ATSA required TSA to conduct a SPP pilot program at five airports (known as the "PP5"). When the pilot program ended in November 2004, airport operators with federal screening services could apply to SPP.

To date, the original PP5 airports are participating in SPP. These include San Francisco International; Kansas City International; Greater Rochester (N.Y.) International; Jackson Hole (Wyo.); and Tupelo (Miss.) Regional. In addition, Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls, S.D., Key West (Fla.) International Airport, the Roswell International Air Center, and the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County (Calif.) Airport are operating under SPP. TSA also has contracted with US Helicopter Corporation and McNeil Security, Inc., for screening operations to support airport shuttle services at the East 34th Street Heliport in New York City.

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